On this 8-day small group tour, explore the breathtakingly beautiful region of Italy, the Amalfi Coast, located along the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. See the dramatic cliffs, picturesque villages, and crystal-clear waters. Visit the charming town of Positano, known for its colorful houses and buildings that tumble down the cliffs towards the sea, creating a picture-perfect scene that has made it one of the most popular destinations. Next stop is romantic Ravello, perched high above the water on the hills. Discover the extraordinarily well-preserved ruins of Herculaneum and the UNESCO archeological site of Pompeii. The Amalfi Coast is a truly romantic destination, whether you're looking to hike along the cliffs, relax on the beaches, or explore the local culture and cuisine.
Marvel at the beauty of southern Italy's famous Amalfi Coast
Wander the picturesque village of Positano
Discover the ruins of Herculaneum and the UNESCO site of Pompeii
Enjoy boating along the Amalfi Coast and to the island of Capri
Enjoy the beauty of Hiking the famous Italian Path of the Gods
Explore the village of Ravello, famous for its beautiful villas
This trip starts in Bomerano, a tiny village on the west side of the Agerola Valley, 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Naples. The hosts for the week are Giovanni and Nicola Acampora, the charming owners of Hotel Due Torri. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, their family-run property has a pool and fabulous views of the Lattari mountains—an ideal spot to escape the crowds. Meet at the hotel in time for dinner and a welcome briefing.
Please note: It is possible that the order of the itinerary will be changed to ensure the best possible conditions for each activity during the trip. All listed activities and services are included. Your leader will inform you of any changes locally after assessing the conditions.
Leaving the Agerola plain, take a private bus to Amalfi, the oldest maritime republic in Italy. Quintessentially Mediterranean, Amalfi's townscape is a cluster of little white houses and buildings, narrow alleyways, and shady porticoes, dominated by the large cathedral with its brightly colored tiles typical of the region. Spend the morning sightseeing, relaxing in one of the sun-filled piazzas, or visiting the interesting paper museum (optional). Later, continue by fast boat (approximately 20 minutes) to Positano. En route, enjoy the enchanting views of the sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches that have drawn people to this stunning coast for centuries. There is no better way of approaching Positano for the first time than from the sea, as the contrast of this near-vertical town of colorful buildings against the verdant cliffs and blue waters will leave you mesmerized. You have a few hours to explore this chic, picture-perfect village on foot before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon by boat and private bus.
*During the Winter months (November to February)a private transfer will be used instead of a boat from Positano to Amalfi.
It’s a busy day today as you travel to the Bay of Naples by private bus (approximately one hour) to explore two of the most famous archeological sites in the world, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Both towns and their people got buried under the ash and magma of Mount Vesuvius after the 79 CE eruption, but it was only in the 18th century that these ancient cities were rediscovered through excavations. The eruption affected the sites in different ways: while Pompeii is home to a more extensive collection of Roman homes, stores, and bathhouses (plus the iconic plaster bodies), the ruins, frescos, and recently discovered 300 skeletons along the seashore at Herculaneum are much better preserved. Entrance tickets to both sites are included in the trip, and you can decide to explore alone, at your own pace, or with a knowledgeable local guide (optional). Return to the hotel late in the afternoon (approximately one hour) to enjoy a delicious dinner and cooking demonstration.
Day 4: Bomerano to Positano | Walk the Path of the Gods
Today, you will walk a section of one of the finest trails in the world. From your doorstep, it is a short stroll through the quiet village of Bomerano. Here you will drop into a local cheesemaker to see how the delicious local mozzarella is made. And, yes, you will taste some. Then join the Path of the Gods, which runs to Positano. Luckily, having already visited Positano earlier this week, you can skip the hard part and the 1,700 steps downtown and take a circular walk instead, offering some equally fantastic coastal views along the way. Please be aware that the trail has some rocky areas and frequently ascends and descends, which can be a little hard on the knees. This short hike is of Level 3 (moderate) difficulty but doable for all those in good fitness, and the challenge will no doubt be repaid by the stunning views. It includes breaks for water and snacks as well as a rewarding stop for a barbecue lunch (weather permitting).
Ascent: 330ft (100m) Descent: 330ft (100m) Walking time: around 2hr 30 min to three hours
How will you spend a free day on the Amalfi Coast? Consider a trip up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to peer into the crater, followed by a wine tasting at a renowned local winery right below the majestic volcano. Alternatively, you can visit Sorrento for a seafood lunch and sweeping views over the Bay of Naples. Pedestrian lanes, little boutiques, limoncello shops, and restaurants make it an enjoyable place to spend a day at leisure. There is no need to book these excursions before departure, as your leader will help arrange them locally on request.
*All optional tours are subject to availability, and prices depend on the number of people joining.
Leave the hotel after breakfast, take the bus to Amalfi, and board the boat to Capri. The scenery along the Amalfi Coast is breathtaking, with tiny bays and coves of azure water surrounded by impossibly high cliffs. You are free to explore on your own during your free time on Capri. Your tour leader might recommend avoiding the hassle of public transport on the island and making the most of your time by arranging an excursion by local taxis and cable car (optional, payable locally).
A beautiful walk will take you up to Capri town and along a network of small pedestrianized streets to visit the remains of Villa Jovis, the former home of the fearsome Roman emperor Tiberius. A walk around the spectacular coastline is recommended and allows you to see a natural rock arch and the Faraglioni, rock stacks that stick vertically out of the sea. You have the time to peruse the boutique shops before returning by boat and bus to your hotel.
* If Capri is not reachable due to rough sea conditions, the group will visit Sorrento or Naples.
Today, visit the romantic hilltop town of Ravello for some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast. Ravello also has a grand cathedral, but Villa Cimbrone (visit included) and Villa Rufolo (optional) are the real gems of the town. The villa balconies are set in the elegant gardens that stand at the edge of the cliffs, offering stunning views described by French author André Gide as "closer to the sky than the seashore." There is time to wander, enjoy a coffee, and soak up the atmosphere before we return to the cooler climes of Bomerano in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is free for relaxation before a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 8: Bomerano | Return Home
You have explored one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Now it’s time to make your way home, but not before one last breakfast at Hotel Due Torri, which may feel like a second home by now.
If your flight leaves later this evening, you are welcome to use the hotel facilities after check-out and enjoy lunch (optional, payable locally). Alternatively, speak to your leader for recommendations on what to do in the village.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!